New study finds that severe undernutrition of cattle increases their methane production
Agriculture / Animal Feeding / Climate Change / Communications / Diet / Environment / GHG Emissions / Kenya / Mazingira

New study finds that severe undernutrition of cattle increases their methane production

Originally posted on Mazingira Centre:
An animal trial in the animal respiration chamber at ILRI’s Mazingira Centre (photo credit: ILRI/ Svenja Marquardt). Livestock production generates significant amounts of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, accounting for about 65% of the total emissions from agriculture globally. Of these emissions, 40% are generated through enteric fermentation, the digestive processes…

Linking research-for-development and community needs in the climate-smart livestock systems project
Agriculture / Animal Feeding / CCAFS / Climate Change / Dairying / Drought / Environment / Ethiopia / Event / Farming Systems / Fodder / Food security / Kenya / Research / SLS / Uganda

Linking research-for-development and community needs in the climate-smart livestock systems project

This blog was written by Lucy Njuguna, a Graduate Fellow with the Sustainable Livestock Systems Program. In development work, there is often concern that external interventions can impose unintended costs on communities, especially when there is little or no consultation with the communities on their interests and priorities. This concern is particularly important in research … Continue reading

New program to enhance climate-smart livestock systems launched in Uganda
Agriculture / Animal Feeding / CCAFS / Climate Change / Dairying / Drought / East Africa / Environment / Ethiopia / Event / Farming Systems / Fodder / Food security / Kenya / Research / SLS / Uganda

New program to enhance climate-smart livestock systems launched in Uganda

Uganda’s agricultural sector contributes significantly to both incomes and direct availability of food in the country. It is also a major contributor to economic growth through provision of raw materials for agro-industries, job opportunities and foreign exchange. Agriculture contributes to about 21% of Uganda’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Livestock production is an important subsector of … Continue reading

Better smallholder dairying for better incomes and climate resilience by and for the poor
Agriculture / Animal Feeding / Article / CCAFS / Climate Change / Dairying / DRYLANDSCRP / East Africa / Environment / Livestock Systems / Resilience / SLS

Better smallholder dairying for better incomes and climate resilience by and for the poor

The smallholder dairy sector offers a wide range of opportunities for enhancing the resilience of small-scale livestock-keeping populations while also increasing their efficiency and productivity and mitigating the greenhouse gas emissions from livestock that help cause global warming. Continue reading

Animal Feeding / Drylands / DRYLANDSCRP / East Africa / Ethiopia / ILRI / Livestock Systems / Rangelands / SLS

Application of scaling frameworks to grazing exclosures in Ethiopia

This poster, produced for the Tropentag 2016 conference, explains how two scaling frameworks were used to identify knowledge gaps and learning opportunities in exclosure management and policy solutions to draw attention to possible ‘blind-spots’ and ‘win-win’ solutions that may affect the widespread success of exclosures in Ethiopia and elsewhere. Continue reading

Healthy animals, healthy returns: Improving pastoralists’ livelihoods in Kenya
Animal Diseases / Animal Feeding / Article / AVCD / CCPP / Drylands / East Africa / goats / Kenya / Livestock Systems / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Pastoralism / SLS / Small ruminants

Healthy animals, healthy returns: Improving pastoralists’ livelihoods in Kenya

Improving the value of livestock and its productivity through better animal disease surveillance and improved healthcare for animals is one of the key goals of the Feed the Future Kenya Accelerated Value Chain Development (AVCD) program. Continue reading